My family can tell you I was as excited as a schoolgirl at Build-a-Bear when I saw the drawings for the planned Ash Brokerage headquarters in downtown Fort Wayne. This. Is. TREMENDOUS. What a fantastic looking building for our city. But as I studied the building yesterday, I came across some disgruntled comments about it, […]
A recent Atlantic Cities piece written by Kaid Benfield, “What Developers Get Wrong About Smart Growth,” profiles cities that have made a commendable effort to include public green space in and around adjacent urban infill projects, presumably completed by private developers. As mentioned in the article, typical infill projects exist on such tight sites that […]
What can the rest of Indiana learn from Columbus? From an article in the Star Press of Muncie: The American Institute of Architects ranks Columbus as the sixth city in the nation for architectural innovation and design? (The ones listed 1-5 are: Chicago, New York, Boston, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.) and this: What every […]
The mayor of Bloomington is proposing a ban on chain stores in downtown. Can such a ban save a downtown?
“Fort Wayne residents have once again expressed support for thoughtful design in downtown Fort Wayne through the downtown design survey earlier this fall. An internal team and an advisory group will use the survey’s information as they create a Downtown Design Manual by early next year.”
Theodore Dalrymple dissects some of the destructive tendencies of the modern architect Le Corbusier: Le Corbusier was to architecture what Pol Pot was to social reform. In one sense, he had less excuse for his activities than Pol Pot: for unlike the Cambodian, he possessed great talent, even genius. Unfortunately, he turned his gifts to […]
Hello! If you’re here because of being invited at the “Longing for the City” talk Wednesday night, welcome! I’ll post lists of recommended books and resources on this Web site as time permits. Plus, if you have recommendations, please leave a comment here. Thanks for coming!
Be sure to check these links: The New York Times Magazine published an architecture issue titled “The Next City.” It tackles questions such as why are sidewalks essential for democracy and can an instant city ever feel like the real thing? City Journal features a story about how New Orleans is rebuilding from the bottom […]
Pray that the cities you love may never become the topic of a photo essay like this. (Click the little gray boxes in the lower left to navigate.) — Hat tip: Urban Planning Blog
Will the Harrison Square retail development in downtown Fort Wayne make pedestrians more or less welcome? And why would I ask the question, seeing as how there are so many pedestrians drawn on the architectural renderings? But there’s a potential problem with the above streetscape, and David Sucher’s Three Rules for urban design (PDF) addresses […]